1. Today, the natives were behaving very strangely indeed. They were carrying umbrellas in the sun. Not all of them, but enough to mention it. If it was parasols like you see on the TV, it would be less weird, but this was rain umbrellas. It kind of makes sense to create your own shade as it was stupidly hot in the sun, but still.
2. Their post (mail as they call it) – they dont seem to have letter boxes that enable the postman to put the post in the house. In the countryside they have the boxes like on TV at the end of the drive where you put the little red arm up if there is stuff to collect and in the city they have the boxes outside the front door. Noone seems to steal the post or parcels.
3. They put their stuff out on the street when they dont want it and people just come and take it. I am told this happens in Brighton and Hove, but it doesnt occur down in Plymouth unless its a broken washing machine/ bed/ sofa and you are a chav that feels it appropriate to leave it in the garden until either someone from the council eventually takes it or someone else sets fire to it/ and or pees on it. People just go and browse through other people junk as though it is Primark. Great idea really. If I had a house to furnish, I could have done the whole thing free and with good quality stuff I am sure.
4. When they put signs on telegraph poles, there are little tear off bits at the bottom with the company name and phone number on it. This is a great idea, I am not sure why we dont do this. Actually rereading this, it may be because it rains so much. Though we could still do this with undercover notice boards.
5. There are a crazy amount of people with mental health issues on the streets here. For a country that seems to breed such friendly and helpful people, there seems to be little help for the street homeless with mental health needs. Even more frustrating when me and one of the other brits are looking for work in this field!
6. Lastly, it is really difficult to get used to the casual use of the word Queer. It is an acceptable word here, but I cant get used to hearing it.